Tuesday • April 3, 2012 — D1
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The best April Fool’s prank I pulled was pretending to break my arm. I pranked it on Claude and he said, Oh no! Angel you broke your arm. Hey! Your tricked me! Angel Hoyt-Pagan, 7 (winner) Hillside Elementary School Second grade The best April Fool’s joke I pulled was on my sister. I put clear wire across the bottom of the doorway. When I was finished with that, I hid a camera and taped it. I heard a fall and I went downstairs and she was on the floor laughing. It was the best April Fool’s joke ever. Everest Robinson, 9 (winner) Fishing Creek Elementary School Fourth grade The best April Fool’s prank I pulled was when I put a hairband on the sprayer on the sink and asked my mom to wash my water bottle. She got all wet because when she turned on the water it squirted her in the face. She let out a yelp and my whole family laughed. It was the funniest prank ever. John Alexander Bertsch, 7 1/2 (winner) Lynch-Bustin Elementary School Second grade The best April Fool’s Day prank I pulled was I squirted whipped cream on my dad’s hand. Then tickled his face with a feather. Then he smashed the whipped cream in his face! Coleman, 8 Bellaire Elementary School Second grade The best April Fool’s prank I pulled was when I told my kindergarten teacher I was moving to New York and she believed me. That was awesome. Rylee Hall Newville Elementary School Second grade
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The best April Fool’s prank I pulled was a very good prank. I got red nail polish and put some on my skin. Then I got my sister and said, I have a cut and it’s bleeding really bad. Then my sister said, “Ahh.” Then I said, “April Fool’s.” Devon Zerbe, 7 Hillside Elementary School Second grade The best April Fool’s prank I pulled was when I did it on my brother. My brother was walking in the living room. I was hiding behind the couch. When he was walking in the room, I pulled on a rope. Then he was upside down. That was the best April Fool’s prank ever. Owen Karn, 9 Fishing Creek Elementary School Fourth Grade
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Once upon a time there lived a poor man named Malcolm who hunted for his food. Indeed, his hunting skills were so poor that he sometimes felt as if the whole world laughed at him. Even the animals seemed to make fun of him. The baboons laughed and the hyena did too, for even they were better hunters. However, he was a kind man — decent and soft-spoken, and he was forever doing nice deeds to help others. When he had good luck, he shared it with the villagers. But mostly Malcolm lived on water and the meat of rats and mice, and he dressed in the skins of the rats and mice. One warm spring day Malcolm had been hunting for many hours, and he was hot and tired and hungry. He hadn’t caught even a mouse, and when he came upon a sausage tree, he sat down beneath its shade to rest. Before long he fell fast asleep, and he began to dream. In his dream there was a beautiful woman, and she became his wife. In his dream there was a large tribe, and he became their chief. In his dream he lived in great comfort, never hungry, never tired, never alone. Suddenly the wind blew through the tree, and one of the fruits of the sausage tree crashed to the ground and woke Malcolm. To his amazement he found an enormous ostrich egg beside the fruit. “The ostrich ought to be guarding her egg,” he said aloud. He looked to his right and to his left, but he saw no ostrich anywhere. He could not resist, so he picked up the egg and carried it back to his hut. “This egg would taste delicious,” he said to no one, for there was no one near him to talk to. He was just about to crack the egg open when he stopped himself. It was so white and round, pure and beautiful, he couldn’t imagine harming it. And so he left the egg alone and went to sleep. The next morning when he saw the egg, he once again thought how good it would taste. But, once again, he was awed by its purity and loveliness, and so he left it alone and went out to hunt. That evening when he came home, he was amazed to find a loaf of fresh brown bread. “What’s this?” he said aloud, but of course nobody answered. When he reached to touch the bread, he found it was still warm and its scent was so delightful that he could not resist. He tore off a piece and ate it. “I’ve never tasted anything so delicious,” he said aloud, though he knew there was no one to hear him. He ate another piece, and another, and soon the whole loaf was gone. He fell asleep happy and full. When he woke, he thought he must have dreamed just as he had dreamed beneath the sausage tree. But, to his amazement, he found another loaf of bread, and this time a bowl of steaming soup was beside it. “What’s this?” he asked aloud, and this time, even more surprising, he heard a voice answer. “It’s bread and soup I’ve made for you,” the voice said. He turned to find a beautiful woman standing beside the ostrich egg, which was cracked wide open. “Malcolm, you are a kind and generous man, and I will make you happy for the rest of your life. Marry me and I will always make your favorite food and cook you soup.” Malcolm could not believe his eyes and ears. “How can this be? An ostrich egg’s daughter cannot speak or cook or marry me,” he said. “I will make you happy, Malcolm,” she said. “You must promise only this: You will never call me the daughter of an ostrich egg.” The gorgeous woman leaned in and kissed him, and Malcolm was the happiest man in the whole world. “I promise,” he said. And so they married. From that day on, Malcolm was never hungry. Whenever he wished for anything, his wife made it for him. For many years they lived in great happiness, and then one day Malcolm remembered his dream. “I once wished to be a chief,” he said to his wife. “Your wish will be granted,” she said. To Malcolm’s astonishment, his wife walked outside, beat the dirt with a stick, and moments later they were surrounded by people building huts, herds of cattle and flocks of goats and sheep. And Malcolm was their chief. They lived this way for many more years, and Malcolm became a wealthy man, and he enjoyed the fine life, but as time passed, he longed to have more. “If one herd of cows is good,” he said to his wife, “two is better.” For the first time his wife shook her head. “That may not be true,” she said. Malcolm had become accustomed to his wife’s sweetness, generosity and kind words, so this shocked him. “Why do you disagree with me?” he asked. “Because you might be wrong,” she said. Suddenly Malcolm could not contain himself. After all, he thought, he was the chief. “How would you know?” he asked, growing angry. “Because I know,” she said. Malcolm could not stop himself. He burst out laughing and without thinking, he said, “But you’re only the daughter of an ostrich egg!” And in a flash he was alone again, living in his hut, wearing his old tattered rat skins. There were no people around anywhere — no cattle, no goats and no wife. He understood that he had, indeed, been mistaken to let greed and anger get the better of him and to break his promise to his wife.
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Mini Spy just launched her box kite! See if you can find: s QUESTION MARK s WORD -).) s FUNNY FACE s DOUGHNUT s BAT s SOCK s HEART s PENCIL s BIRD s DRAGON s NUMBER s UMBRELLA s NUMBER s LETTER ! s FISH s TOOTH s TEAPOT s KITE s CHERRY s TEACUP
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Go Fly a Kite! photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Archives
March winds and April showers Bring forth May flowers!
This Chinese kite was one of the first aeronautical objects to join the Smithsonian collection. It is a festival kite made of silk with a bamboo frame. It was shown at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
Every kind of kite for any kind of flier Have you ever flown a kite? There are hundreds of different types and sizes of kites. A kite expert told The Mini Page: â€œWhat are kites made of? You name it! Thatâ€™s the beauty of kite-flying â€” they make so many different types. I know of a kite thatâ€™s only 4 by 4 inches, with rods made from the whiskers of tigers!â€?
Kites come in many sizes and shapes. Some common ones are:
photo courtesy Phil Broder/American Kitefliers Association
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Early people used kites more as tools than for fun. Kites were probably first flown in China, and then spread through Asia to Europe and finally to the Americas. In 200 B.C., as a Chinese general prepared to attack a city, he flew a kite over the walls of the city. He marked the string and later measured how far his soldiers would have to tunnel to get inside the walls. In England in the early 1800s, some roads required carriage drivers to pay a toll, or fee, based on how many horses were pulling the carriage. One man avoided the toll by attaching a kite to his carriage and letting the wind pull him along! Benjamin Franklin famously used a kite to prove that lightning is an electrical event. Wars brought many opportunities for using kites. Strong kites could carry a spy high in the air for a better look at the enemy. Sailors lost at sea could signal for help by lifting up a kite. And kites were used for target practice.
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Rookie Cookieâ€™s Recipe
Green Beans With Tarragon Youâ€™ll need:
s 14 cup chopped onion s CUPS FRESH GREEN BEANS TRIMMED s TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL s 12 teaspoon salt s 12 teaspoon tarragon s 12 cup water s 12 teaspoon lemon pepper s STALK CELERY CHOPPED 1 s 2 cup chopped red bell pepper What to do: 1. Boil green beans and salt in 12 cup water in a saucepan until crisptender, about 5 minutes. 2UN GREEN BEANS UNDER COLD WATER TO STOP THE COOKING PROCESS $RAIN 3. Meanwhile, combine remaining vegetables in separate pan with olive oil. 4. Sprinkle spices on top and cook on medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. 5. Add vegetable mixture to green beans and stir to combine. You will need an adultâ€™s help with this recipe.
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photo by Katie Yu, courtesy Mar Vista Entertainment
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